COVID-19 Virus and the Impacts to the Pioneers - Message from the President

The impacts of this virus cannot be understated and the priority of the Board is the health and safety of everybody inside and outside of our organization.

The Board met online (using Zoom, a first for SAPD) on April 21 and decided to cancel all functions up to the end of July. Ironically, as I am writing this, I am listening to the press conference announcing that the Stampede is officially cancelled.

Events after July will be assessed on a continuous basis as time goes on and as things change and evolve.

Alberta Government Spanish Flu Poster, 1918
Alberta Government Spanish Flu Poster, 1918

Centennial Celebrations

This year SAPD was to celebrate its 100 anniversary: It was in 1920 that the organization was conceived at the Rotarian Luncheon. However, the Board has decided to defer the Centennial Celebration to 2022 as this would still be a valid year for us because, in 1922, The Southern Alberta Pioneers' and Old Timers' Association was officially registered under the Societies Act of the Alberta Government.

First annual meeting, Southern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers' Association, Calgary, Alberta.
First annual meeting, Southern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers' Association, 1922.